Thursday, December 16, 2010

2010 Music Countdown, Day 1

I love music – anyone who knows me at all knows this. I sing it, I play it, I dream it, I live it. I take for granted things that come naturally to me, but I’m trying to be more aware and appreciative of that lately. Sadly, though, I am largely embarrassed by what my generation considers to be “music”.

I am ALL for creativity – don’t get me wrong. But seriously – Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Willow Smith, Justin Beiber, Kesha….oh excuse me….Ke$ha....the list goes on and on. The “music” is all. the. same. Techno beats with endless monotone nonsense rhymes being autotuned to the point of losing any raw vocal inflection. Instrumentation done purely by computers. How is this music?!?! 

And I don’t know what is worse: the fact that people who are devoid of any talent whatsoever have become these pop icons, or that extremely talented artists, like Lady Gaga, feel the need to sell out to the pop industry through songs that in no way express their true talents. And what message does this give future generations? Kids, kids – don’t worry about learning to play an instrument, to write songs, or develop vocal skills! Simply wear less, lip sync more, and the fame is yours!

Well, thankfully this world is not completely devoid of originality and creativity in music! It might not be on the radio when you turn it on, but it is certainly out there – you just have to look for it. I am grateful for interesting artists and great musicians who are truly talented. So to ring in the new year, I bring to you my 2010 Music Countdown. Here’s what I’m listening to these days. If you find yourself feeling the same things I do, take a listen to any one of the songs I post today through the end of the year – and enjoy!

Use Somebody: King's of Leon, as performed on The Sing Off 

While I don't love Kings of Leon, Paramore does an acoustic cover that is fantastic. Then, I heard it on NBC’s The Sing Off, and I’m truly a fan of the song now – this is all A Capella! Amazing! A great way to kick off the Countdown!


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